How to Measure
 
Measuring The Space
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There is nothing magical about measuring for a shower enclosure. There are a couple of things which need to be understood to make sure the unit is manufactured for a precise fit. The manufacturing tolerance is to the 1/16th of an inch, and each panel of glass is manufactured to fit the space. If you have a shower opening where the opening is larger at the top than at the bottom, then the glass will be made larger at the top for a precise fit.

1) To get accurate measurements the tile or marble must be completed before the measurement is taken. This means at the time you measure you are ready to start the install. Our fabrication time is approximately two weeks, and shipping typically takes two days on the West Coast and five days to the East Coast.

2) Using a glass marker put small marks on the tile where you want the unit to set. Make sure the marker you use can be washed off the tile, and mark on the tile not in the grout lines. Generally a unit is installed in the center of the curb, not on the outside edge. After you have your marks on the tile consider the aesthetics of how the unit is positioned. If you have a part of the unit half covering a grout line you may want to move it one way or the other. Check for clearance for the door to swing. Building codes require the door swings out, but most of our Euro Frameless units can swing into the shower as well.

You can specify the height of the unit to be what ever you want, but 72 inches is the most commonly specified height. The general rule is to go at least as high as the shower head. The hardware should not be seen over the top of the unit. Normally the door is mounted on a 4-6" curb, so if you are measuring for an ADA barrier free shower which doesn't have a curb you should be making the enclosure 76-78" to achieve the same coverage. If your tile doesn't go to the ceiling don't take the height right up to the top of the tile, or try to line up a the top with decorator tile. You may have a perfect match on one side, but be off by a 3/16" on the other side. Your eye can see this difference, but if you back off a 1/2" the deference isn't as noticeable. If there are mirrors in the bathroom check how the unit will look in the mirror.

Measuring wall to mark
Marking Height

3) Use the layout guide to select the appropriate measurement sheet to record your measurements. As you fill out the measurement sheet pay attention to the minimums and maximums on the sheet. These limits come from engineering limits of the hardware, and fabrication limits for safety tempered glass. The measurements at the top of the unit are just as important as the measurements at the bottom. It is a good practice to use a wide measuring tape or to have some help with the top measurements. Make sure the wall surfaces are straight, and check for fall-in or fallout. Watch out for a kick-in on the bottom tile on each wall. Check to make sure the curb is level from one side to the other and has a slight slope (1-11/2 degrees) into the shower.

 

 
 
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